Auditel Franchise newcomer Jeremy Bailey spent 30 years working in IT.
Auditel newcomer Jeremy Bailey spent 30 years working in IT. He started as a trainee computer programmer for a defence contractor in Rochester and concluded as an IT Operations Manager in the City of London for a major service provider. Having survived several rounds of redundancy, he had already thought about what he would do, should he ever become a target for losing his job.
Jeremy recalls: “I strongly believed that I could run a successful business, but with a family and large mortgage to support, I was unable simply to resign - even if I were to receive a payoff - and develop one from scratch. So the benefits of franchising and its potential to return positive income was always going to be my way, providing I could do it without significant borrowing.”
Jeremy first identified Auditel as a possible opportunity in 2006, but it was not until redundancy happened in 2009 that he was able to move ahead. He says: “My approach was to focus only on franchisors who were full or associate members of the British Franchise Association. While that may have excluded some very good opportunities from my search, I’m naturally risk averse, so I needed to select an established name.”
His search finally came down to three franchises, two in cost management and one in property management. He says they all looked like good businesses from which he could see himself achieving his targeted income levels within a 5-year plan. Jeremy adds: “Importantly for me, I also appreciated in all three cases, that the franchisors had put me through a selection process and were not just after my money.”
Jeremy rejected the property management company for two reasons. Firstly, because he could not achieve his required income levels early enough in his 5-year plan. But essentially, because his strengths were more aligned to a true B2B business rather than one that dealt with individuals.
Jeremy explains: “The decision to select Auditel over the other cost management franchise was firstly, because I considered that the Auditel business model was a few years ahead of the other company. The second reason was more subjective, coming down to gut feeling. I really felt most comfortable talking with the Auditel team: as well as appearing to be honest, open and trustworthy, I completely believe that they are committed to helping me make a success of my business.
Having a good redundancy package, which funded the franchise in its entirety and will continue to support him for the first year, Jeremy joined the Auditel network in December 2009. He is very enthusiastic about the training and support that he has received. “It was outstanding and I felt fully prepared to take my business forward. I have experienced tremendous support, not just from the head office staff, but also from other franchisees in the Auditel Network. There is a very positive culture of cooperation and support among the affiliates that is fostered and nurtured by the franchisor.”
Jeremy reveals: “I want to return to my previous earning levels before my second anniversary and to remain in this business up to retirement.”
And his advice to aspiring franchisees?: “Be prepared to be truly empowered! It’s great fun!.”
Auditel's Lee Walton says "I was really impressed with the examples of savings"
12th August 2014
Farnham-based Lee Walton joined Auditel as a Cost Management Consultant in May this year.
Auditel talk to WhiteCollarFranchise about their 14th Suppliers Exhibition 2014
20th June 2014
Auditel recently hosted their 14th Supplier Exhibition in Nottingham and the theme was 'Maximising Opportunity'.
Auditel's Paul Hughes tells WhiteCollarFranchise - "I loved every day of the training…"
27th May 2014
Paul Hughes currently works in a team with a number of Auditel associates, on a variety of prospects and projects.
Ex-pharmacist finds the perfect tonic with an Auditel Franchise!
7th May 2014
Auditel tells WhiteCollarFranchise about Rushden based Matthew Hedges who joined Auditel in February 2014.
Mike Somers from Auditel tells WhiteCollarFranchise - "I believe Auditel has the best tools to help me provide the best service"
25th April 2014
Cheshire-based Mike Somers talks to WhiteCollarFranchise about joining Auditel in February 2014.
Auditel has been chosen again as finalists for the 2014 Best Franchise Marketing Support and Best Website Awards
10th April 2014
Auditel tell WhiteCollarFranchise that they are very proud to have been selected as finalists in the Franchise Marketing Awards for the past 5...
Ray Anderson tells WhiteCollarFranchise: "I wanted a Business-to-Business Franchise and Auditel was the one for me"
31st March 2014
Ray Anderson talks to WhiteCollarFranchise after joining the Auditel Cost Management Franchise last month.
Paul Wallace - "It's a fantastic opportunity to develop a really significant business"
17th March 2014
Basingstoke based Paul Wallace joined Auditel in February 2014 and tells us how he appreciated his training
The network provides amount of support in terms of what we do, how we do it, and technical developments, which is something you can't replicate if you work entirely by yourself. This 'knowledge bank' means clients have access to the combined wisdom of over 100 consultants.David Lowe, Auditel Consultant since 1995
11th February 2014
"Auditel – a strong product and clearly defined business model"